It's all about equality dontcha kno.
Its such a blunt tool, and it is dissuading scores of xc stalwarts. But the men-folk that introduced it can make themselves feel better that they are no longer sexist... I wouldn't have minded so much had one of the members of our club who has been most vociferous on the inequality of the national distances not skipped it to do a Parkrun instead. FFS!
Always nice to get to repost a good rant...
On 20/11/15 11:26, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> You may be aware that Senior Men and Senior Women in the Scottish
> National CC Champs in 2017 will both race over 10K, the women going up
> from 8K to 10K and the men down from 12K to 10K.
One more reason not to take the Nationals seriously.
> Should both men and women run the same distance ?
I really really massively resent this question. It's obviously designed
so you can't say "no" without appearing misogynist. How about asking
"Should men be allowed to run the 8k course and women be allowed to run
the 12k course?".
> If yes, should the women's distance go up ?
That should be up to the women, its a good thing to discuss and is
COMPLETELY UNRELATED to the first question.
> Or should the men's distance go down ?
No. Also COMPLETELY UNRELATED to the first question.
The thing that irritates me is that they have not listened to the women. They have listened to the outspoken women. They should have asked all finishers of the 2016 race whether an extra 2k to being “equality” would be a good thing. There’s no point asking the women now, as many of those that have disagreed just didn’t turn up. It’s so irritating - just like British orienteering. Pander to attracting new people (part of the reasoning being that new people can relate to the 10k distance better) sod the regular participants that you hack off in the process. equality of winning time would stick in the craw less.